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HITS LIST: TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Patti Smith and Angela Davis have nothing to do with this. (2/17a)
THE GRAMMY
SUITE SPOT
We just can't help ourselves. (2/17a)
WHAT MAKES
KAREN RANT?
A pop-cultural kaleidoscope disguised as a radio column (2/17a)
SPOTTED ON NEW MUSIC FRIDAY PLAYLIST
Think of the latest offering as top-"Heavy." (2/17a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
L.A. goes country with the better half of a Jets receiver. Come again? (2/17a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
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HITS LIST: TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Patti Smith and Angela Davis have nothing to do with this. (2/17a)
THE GRAMMY
SUITE SPOT
We just can't help ourselves. (2/17a)
WHAT MAKES
KAREN RANT?
A pop-cultural kaleidoscope disguised as a radio column (2/17a)
SPOTTED ON NEW MUSIC FRIDAY PLAYLIST
Think of the latest offering as top-"Heavy." (2/17a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
L.A. goes country with the better half of a Jets receiver. Come again? (2/17a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
RUMOR MILL
LanaDelRey.Love
2/19/17

Interscope's Lana Del Rey dropped a new single, "Love," on all DSPs Saturday. The track is the first salvo from her forthcoming album (due later this year). The atmospheric, yearning track has ascended to #7 at iTunes as of Sunday morning.


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future-new-album
2/18/17

Future will land at #1 on our SPS and album charts next Friday with his new, self-titled set. Here’s what we know today...


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2/18/17

Katy Perry, having just unleashed new single "Chained to the Rhythm," has just dropped a tease for something called "Oblivia," teased here as a kind of cockeyed amusement park (with a spoofy take on '50s-style nostalgia that has a vaguely political edge). Whatever it is, you'll be able to sample it in its entirety on 2/21.


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FIFTY SHADES DARKER   VARIOUS ARTISTS
2/17/17

Republic’s Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack clearly likes it on top, as the set bows at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 125k. Brett Young’s self-titled album on Big Machine, meanwhile, serves as the Top 15’s only other debut this week. Over on the Album Sales Chart, Fifty Shades is also #1 with 73k. And what about those post-Grammy Awards bumps?


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Jack Sussman
2/17/17

It’s two days after the Grammys, and CBS’ live events honcho Jack Sussman is talking about the telecast like a proud parent. He keys in on one theme in particular—diversity...


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team capitol lil yachty
2/17/17

Quality Control/Motown/Capitol artist Lil Yachty receives a plaque commemorating 1 million combined sales of single "One Night" and 750m streams of his two mixtapes from CMG topper Steve Barnett and team during a Grammy weekend showcase at Michael Flynn's hidden bunker...


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KatyTwitter
2/17/17

Capitol's Katy Perry is the big story at T40 while Epic's DJ Khaled shines at Rhythm with Beyoncé and Jay Z and at Modern Rock, Warner Bros.' Green Day sustains at #1 for a fifth week in a row...


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RAGNBONE
2/17/17

Columbia's breakthrough Rag’n’Bone Man has had a smashing first-week for his debut album, Human, which, after selling 117k combined copies, has become the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade.


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output 2yyZUQ
2/17/17

In her latest lecture, the inimitable Karen Glauber deftly manages to throw in references avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch, Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run?, The Brady Bunch and Johnny Bravo. In other words, she’s light years removed from “Hey, Buddy.”


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Statue of Liberty
2/17/17

The week’s second gathering of music-biz conversation-starters—following our post-Grammy special—has some compelling new offerings. For one, there's Ethiopia Habtemariam, who's bringing the hallowed Motown brand into the 21st century. And we can't forget the red-hot rumors swirling around Jeffrey Azoff and Brandon Creed. All this just in time for what one of our co-workers has dubbed Not My President’s Day weekend.

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2/17/17

In response to the President's proposed travel ban and other developments, United Talent Agency has decided to cancel its annual Oscar party, using the lion's share of the funds budgeted for the yearly event to make a $250k donation to the ACLU and International Rescue Committee. The agency is also planning a rally in front of its Beverly Hills offices on Friday, 2/24.


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len peter cam lisa
2/17/17

“I do not understand why everyone keeps asking me about Moscow Ritz-Carlton,” says WMG owner Len Blavatnik during this zesty Grammy week photo op. “Turndown service at Four Seasons is much better, and surveillance tape is erased every 24 hours.”...


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Happy Together (song)
2/17/17

In a major setback for owners of older copyrights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has upheld a December ruling from the N.Y. Court of Appeals in a class action lawsuit regarding performance rights of pre-1972 sound recordings...


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FutureIG2
2/17/17

Longtime Apple Music star Future, whose mixtape collaboration with Drake What A Time To Be Alive was one of the hottest exclusive moments for the service, announced today that he will launch his own Beats 1 radio show at 5pm GMT/12pm PST. His new album is due out on Epic/Freebandz on 2/17,,,


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3sQLoQyg
2/17/17

The London-based shesaid.so—founded by Andreea Magdalina—is a curated network of women in the music industry. Frustrated by Billboard’s shabby inclusion of women on their "power" list, and by the general boys club mentality of the industry, members of the group have decided to create the Alternative Power 100 List. Can we get a "Hell, yeah?!" Nominations are currently being taken.


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2/17/17

Following his appearance on the Grammy stage with Katy Perry, Island newcomer Skip Marley joins our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing acts poised to break. Have you heard his own single, "Lions"? That thing's a politically charged anthem...


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THCoil
2/17/17

During last week’s press conference, Trump was asked about the HITS' High Five. “It’s bigger than it’s ever been,” he said, “ so huge I can’t get my tiny hands around it. Much more bigly than if Hillary had won.” When informed it is still just five items, he responded “that’s the information I was given.” And here’s the information we’ve given to you…


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Jon Platt
2/17/17

Warner/Chappell chief Jon Platt will receive the Candle Award in Music, Business and Entertainment from Atlanta’s Morehouse College this weekend...


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future-new-album
2/17/17

It’s a bright and sunny Friday morning at L.A. Reid’s Epic Records as three of the label’s artists—Future, Jessie James Decker and Jidenna—open in the Top 10 on the iTunes albums chart this flipover Friday.


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got spins ad (1)
2/17/17

Look for Big Machine Label Group's Valory to promote SVP George Briner to GM. Briner has worked with Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen since back in the DreamWorks days, as evidenced by this classic trade ad we found in our archives. Alternative Fact: Borchetta will be donating a new Maserati to everyone who purchases a copy of The Contributor street newspaper next week.

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The first salvo from her forthcoming set... https://t.co/MpmDj5EPdS https://t.co/DMQfy2znbK
An Alternative Power 100? A long-overdue idea. (P.S. F--- the Patriarchy!) https://t.co/mKUFGe8xSe https://t.co/HhnnK5wNLw
#1 dominance from @FiftyShades ST https://t.co/GyXHrL7tOY @adele @Beyonce @KeithUrban @MarenMorris @chancetherapper… https://t.co/7ycKChyGsw
2 days after #TheGrammys & @CBS’ live events honcho Jack Sussman is talking about the telecast like a proud parent:… https://t.co/FCxcWu71Z8
HITS List: @FiftyShades @katyperry @Beyonce @Adele @1future @selenagomez @Migos https://t.co/LyTz1sU6Bm
What makes Karen rant? Our illustrious president on #grammys, radio, @MissioMusic, more. https://t.co/RirJia4BT3
Deets on UTA's decision to forego #Oscars party for @aclu and refugee donations & #unitedvoices rally.… https://t.co/s0uKX8qPfV
@amagdalina just reached out!
@amagdalina Hi Andreea, Samantha Hissong with HITS Mag in US. We want to post an item about your Alternative 100. Care to give a quote?
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